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October 9, 2012
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Fall is here | Maintain defensible space, check smoke detectors

TRUCKEE, Calif. - We have had some cool nights and the leaves are starting to change colors. Things are cooling down but everyone still needs to work on defensible space. Make sure pine needles and leaves are cleaned off your roof. There have been several chimney fires in the past few weeks. A chimney fire can easily turn into a roof fire when burning embers from a chimney drop onto the pine needles on your or your neighbor's roof. When was the last time someone inspected your chimney to make sure it has not been damaged by excessive heat, wind, or snow? Does your chimney need cleaning?

The first Sunday of November, daylight saving time will end and it will be time to set your clocks back one hour. As you reset the clocks, be sure to put new batteries in all smoke detectors. Count the smoke detectors now and shop for batteries to have them when you need them. Vacuum the dust out of detectors while the ladder is out.

If a smoke detector is difficult to reach and is battery powered or has a battery back up, install a Lithium 9V Smoke Alarm Battery in it. These special batteries cost more but are rated to last 10 years when used in a smoke detector. If you know the installation date, write it on the inside cover with a felt tip marker. The manufacturer's date is not in a contrasting color and can be difficult to read. If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old you should replace them.

If you have questions on where or how to install smoke detectors, or questions about their operation or maintenance, call Truckee Fire Protection District at 530-582-7853. We will be more than happy to answer your questions or assist you in making sure you have functional smoke detectors in your home. If you know anyone in Truckee who does not have a working smoke detector in their home, have them call and we will supply them with a battery powered smoke detector. If they need assistance in installing it we can help them. More fire safety information can be found on our website at www.truckeefire.org.

- Submitted by Truckee Fire Protection District

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 9, 2012 12:51PM Published Oct 9, 2012 12:49PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.